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Sleepless After Bypass Surgery? Try a Morning Walk

TUESDAY, July 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you have trouble sleeping after heart bypass surgery, regular morning walks may provide relief, a new study suggests. "Many patients have trouble sleeping after heart bypass surgery," said researcher Dr. Hady Atef, of Cairo University in Egypt. "When this persists beyond six months, it exacerbates the heart condition and puts patients at risk of having to repeat the surgery. It is therefore of utmost importance to find ways to improve sleep after bypass surgery," Atef said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology. He and his team looked at the effect of exercise on sleep and function. They studied 80 patients aged 45 to 65 who had trouble sleeping and reduced ability to function six weeks after heart bypass surgery. ...

Keep Your Kids Safe in the Water. Here's How

5 July 2020
SUNDAY, July 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Trips to the beach or a pool add to summer's fun, but parents need to ensure that children are safe in and around the water. Masks and social distancing are a must this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. And kids must be supervised even if they're able to swim, experts at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles said. Two-thirds of drowning deaths occur in the summer -- between May and August -- and most occur on the weekends. The hospital offered parents the following swimming safety guidelines: Pay attention. Give kids your undivided attention when they're in or around the water. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Take turns supervising. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, designate...

Follow Exercise Guidelines and You'll Live Longer, Study...

3 July 2020
FRIDAY, July 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Getting the recommended amount of exercise could cut your risk of early death, a new study indicates. U.S. government guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or at least 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity a week. They also suggest adults do moderate or greater intensity muscle-strengthening exercise at least two days a week. That effort pays off in longevity, according to the study published July 1 in BMJ. "Our findings support that the physical activity levels recommended in the 2018 physical activity guidelines for Americans provide important survival benefits," researcher Bo Xi and colleagues wrote in a journal news release. "Additionally, in accordance with the guidelines, more physical activity...

Exercise Might Make Breast Milk's Goodness Even Better

30 June 2020
TUESDAY, June 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, but a new study suggests it also increases the amount of a beneficial compound called 3SL in the breast milk of both humans and mice. Based on that, researchers think that its benefits to babies could last for decades, potentially making them less likely to experience such chronic illnesses as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease as they age. "As long as they were given 3SL during their nursing period, they were protected as they aged," said Kristin Stanford, who led the mouse portion of the study at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. "In the absence of any self-intervention, this has absolutely provided a really strong protective effect." Though past studies have shown the benefit...

Don't Get Sick While Swimming This Summer

30 June 2020
TUESDAY, June 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Swimming and summer are practically synonymous, but getting sick from bacteria in lakes, rivers and the ocean can spoil the fun, U.S. health officials warn. Since 2009, nearly 120 disease outbreaks in 31 states have been tied to untreated recreational water. But being aware of potential harms and taking precautions can help keep you healthy while you cool off, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Swimming is a great opportunity to be physically active, and we're telling the public just do it in a smarter, more healthy way," said report co-author Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program. Contamination can occur from many sources, she said. These include storm water runoff,...

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